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Kennedy will not be retained as A&M men's basketball head coach

16 March 2019

Mississippi State defeated Georgia, South Carolina, LSU and Tennessee to earn the SEC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Vanderbilt (9-23) never led and added to the worst season in school history with a 20th straight loss. Flagg led the Aggies in both scoring and rebounds this season as a sophomore.

The Texas A&M Aggies finally have a victory at the Southeastern Conference Tournament after leaving empty-handed each of their past two trips.

A spot in the SEC semifinals is on the line as Mississippi State and Tennessee prepare to face off.

It was almost Friday morning before the Tennessee basketball team learned who their first game opponent was going to be. They turned in the first losing record in 67 seasons at Memorial Gym, and being a couple miles away at Bridgestone Arena didn't help.

In a conference and conference tournament historically dominated by Kentucky, the Volunteers are eager to end the lengthy conference tournament title drought after claiming a share of the SEC regular-season title past year.

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"There's definitely some things that we recognized several months ago, some necessary changes that needed to happen", Drew said.

Chandler had 13 and Nebo added 11 for the Aggies.

Abdul Ado notched seven points and four rebounds whereas T.J. Gray (Columbus) and Tate Clayton (Tupelo) rounded out the scoring for the Bulldogs during the final minutes.

Saben Lee led the Commodores with 19 points.

"It's going to be a long off-season", Wetzell said. And, you can go ahead and bet on the fact that their leader, Quinndary Weatherspoon, is going to score more than seven points as he did in Knoxville.

Texas A&M took its biggest lead on a dunk by Nebo almost midway through the half at 50-31.

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The Commodores mounted a 13-2 run to pull within 10 with 6:23 to play, but their steam in their hometown quickly fizzled. They never got closer than 10 down the stretch.

SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Jordan Bone has either made or assisted on 43 percent of all Tennessee field goals over the last three games.

According to oddsmakers at, Texas A&M is the slight favorite in this game, as the Aggies are getting odds of -3.5 points against Vanderbilt.

Kennedy, 55, was hired by Texas A&M in 2011 and led the Aggies to two Sweet 16 appearances and an SEC championship in 2016. The sophomore came in leading the SEC in minutes played averaging 34.6 minutes per game and still played 35 minutes.

Vegas now has Mississippi State taking it by seven points but as coach Howland said anything can happen in the postseason, especially with A&M coming off a big win over Vanderbilt.

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Kennedy will not be retained as A&M men's basketball head coach